Upcoming Exhibitions


Malcolm McClay: Swimming to Inishkeel

November 1, 2018–February 10, 2019

Swimming to Inishkeel presents recent multi-media, sculptural, and performance work by LSU School of Art Professor Malcolm McClay. McClay’s most recent durational performance Chasing the Invisible meditates on his daily swims to Inishkeel, an island off the coast of Donegal, Ireland where he was born.  This exhibition is a collaboration between the LSU School of Art and the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, where it was on view January–March, 2018.

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George Rodrigue: The Cajun Landscape

November 1, 2018–February 10, 2019

On November 1, 2018, LSU Museum of Art will open an exhibition featuring early landscape paintings by Louisiana artist George Rodrigue (1944–2013). Rodrigue was born and raised in New Iberia, Louisiana, the heart of Cajun country. For more than four decades, Rodrigue sought to depict his Cajun heritage through his work. The oak tree was a primary feature inspiring many landscape paintings in the early 1970s, which evolved to include Cajun people and traditions, as well as his interpretations of myths such as Jolie Blonde and Evangeline.


Katrina Andry: The Promise of the Rainbow That Never Came

November 15, 2018–March 17, 2019

LSU Museum of Art will present the first major solo show of New Orleans native and LSU alumni Katrina Andry’s work in Louisiana. The project includes creation of new seven to ten, large-scale color reduction prints and a mixed media, site specific installation for exhibition and related educational programming. The new body of work, The Promise of the Rainbow that Never Came proffers an alternate mythology for African men, women, and children who were cast off during the Middle Passage journey toward American enslavement. Like much of Andry’s work, this series deals with the lingering marginalization of and violence against people of color in the United States. Andry’s oeuvre grapples with the social construction of race-based and skin-color based identity. This body of works offers an alternate story—a reimagining.


Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens

March 8, 2019–June 9, 2019

This extraordinary exhibition, drawn entirely from the collection of the Reading Public Museum, explores the path to Impressionism through the nineteenth century, and the complex relationship between French Impressionism of the 1870s and 80s, and the American interpretation of the style in the decades that followed. More than seventy-five paintings and works on paper help tell the story of the new style of painting which developed at the end of the nineteenth century—one that emphasized light and atmospheric conditions, rapid or loose brushstrokes, and a focus on brightly colored scenes from everyday life. Some of the artists featured in the exhibition include Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, among others, who exhibited in the official Impressionist exhibitions in Paris in the 1870s and 80s. Among the earliest American artists to embrace the style were John Singer Sargent, William Merritt Chase, John Henry Twachtman, Childe Hassam, and Frank W. Benson. Additional American artists embraced the style by the turn of the century, including Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, Robert Spencer, Arthur Watson Sparks, Robert Lewis Reid, William Paxton, Chauncey Ryder, Frederick John Mulhaupt, and Guy Wiggins, are also highlighted in the exhibition.